Updated 09/27/2012 04:55 PM
Twin Bridges construction to end Sundays at noon
Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting drivers first in his announcement to adjust the Twin Bridges construction schedule. Our Erin Vannella joined us from under the bridges with more.
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HALFMOON, N.Y. -- In an effort to reduce congestion at the end of the weekend, Governor Cuomo announces construction on the Twin Bridges will wrap up Sundays at noon. Under the original plan, northbound lanes closed Friday night and reopened Mondays at 5 a.m.
Traffic is rerouted onto the southbound side, which carries one lane of traffic in each direction. However, the governor says keeping one lane open in both directions for thousands of drivers is unacceptable.
The New York State Department of Transportation will now reopen all lanes at noon on Sundays.
It's all part of the "Drivers First" initiative. The campaign is aimed at prioritizing the convenience of drivers by reducing disruptions at construction projects across the state.
Cuomo said the government should adjust to the needs of the people, not the other way around.
"We never bid with the orientation, how can you do this in a way that best alleviates the burden on the motorist? It's not a factor, currently," Cuomo said.
The adjusted construction schedule will come at no additional costs.